Samuel Fraunces

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Samuel Fraunces was born circa 1722/23 in the West Indies however, his true place of birth is unknown. The first documentation of Samuel was in New York City in 1755 where he was registered as a British subject and Inn Holder. In 1776, he was issued a tavern license. From 1758-62 he operated the Free Mason’s Arms Tavern.

He purchased the tavern renaming it the Queen’s Head Tavern. In addition to beverages he offered fixed-price dinners, catering and sold preserved items like bottled soups, ketchup, nuts and pickled fruits and vegetables. he left for a brief time moving to Philadelphia but returned to New York City.

He continued operations throughout the Revolutionary War, claiming he was a spy for the American side, however that has never been proven. From 1776-83 he proved for prisoners held during the seven-year British occupation of New York City. He died in 1795.

What you may not know about Samuel is that he changed the name of the tavern to the Fraunces Tavern. At the end of the war General George Washington said farewell to his officer. Later he served as steward of Washington’s presidential household in New York City and in Philadelphia until 1794.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'll bet George Washington was always supplied with fresh fruits and nuts to eat....a healthy hire for George!

Jan 24, 2020 03:29 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good mornign James. Sounds like Samuel specialized on personalized service. Enjoy your day!

Jan 24, 2020 04:11 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A good Tavern with good food and drink is hard to find.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 24, 2020 04:58 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was faitful to Washington and is that pub still around?

Jan 24, 2020 05:06 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I know Fraunces Tavern quite well... ate there often when I lived in NYC.

Jan 24, 2020 05:19 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - another interesting history.  I appreciate the comments by Nina Hollander that we can still find Frances Tavern in New York City although I hear prices may have changed.  Just a bit.  

Jan 24, 2020 05:51 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that is very interesting and I have never heard of this man before.  I am thinking the fixed prices were affordable for all?

Jan 24, 2020 06:20 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He was there at important parts of our history and his tavern seems like it was ahead of its time.

Jan 24, 2020 06:26 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Being from Philadelphia I was familiar with this story.

Jan 24, 2020 07:22 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was happy to hear via 

Nina Hollander that this place still exists. Thank you for this fun post.  A

Jan 24, 2020 09:19 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I enjoy the history you share daily!

Today is Friday, make it special James Dray 

Jan 24, 2020 09:39 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now he is someone who at a front row seat to history and was part of it as well. 

Jan 24, 2020 11:01 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I guess if I want to run into my BARFF Nina Hollander I should hang around that tavern James Dray 

Jan 24, 2020 12:07 PM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - yes that one I knew and have been to Fraunces Tavern.

Jan 24, 2020 12:08 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Samuel had quite the life. He definitely served his country well. 

Jan 24, 2020 02:54 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was another fascinating story. And while I had heard of this tavern I'm not quite sure where. He certainly had a diverse life.


Jan 25, 2020 11:42 AM #16
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Once again, thank you for an interesting lesson on Samuel Fraunces and the still extant Fraunces Tavern.

Jan 27, 2020 02:07 PM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Can you imagine Samuel Fraunces being one of the contestants on Iron Chef?


Feb 14, 2020 07:50 PM #18
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